Five members of SA women’s cricket team test positive for Covid-19; forced to stay back in Bangladesh

Airport worker spray disinfectant at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 22, 2020 (Photo by Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021: After testing positive for coronavirus infection, five members of a South African women’s cricket team are now forced to stay back in Bangladesh, said officials on Tuesday.

“Before the ban on international flights here due to the rise in cases, the seventeen other members of the South Africa Emerging team left Bangladesh late Monday while the remaining five have been put into isolation in Dhaka,” said Shafiul Alam Nadel of the
Bangladesh Cricket Board.

“All members of the South African team were tested for Covid-19 infection before their departure from Sylhet. Of these, five tested positive,” said Himangshu Lal Roy, deputy director of the Osmani Medical College in the northeastern city.

The team’s fifth match was due to start on Tuesday in Sylhet; but they cut short the tour because of the flight ban. The five members who are now in isolation will be tested again post treatment and if the results are negative, they will be sent back home at the earliest possible time,” said Nadel.

Bangladesh has reported more than 684,000 Covid-19 cases and almost 9,800 deaths due to Covid-19 infection. New infections have jumped to 7,000 cases a day in recent weeks, from below 300 in February.

Hence, the government ordered an eight-day closure of all offices and transport from

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